AAMRI submission to Sharper Incentives for Engagement: New Research Block Grant Arrangements

AAMRI submission to Sharper Incentives for Engagement: New Research Block Grant Arrangements

25th July, 2016

AAMRI has made a submission to the consultation paper on proposed new research block grant arrangements for universities, Sharper Incentives for Engagement: New Research Block Grant Arrangements.

The consultation paper puts forward new arrangements addressing many of the main recommendations within the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements (the Watt review) and the ACOLA Review of Research Training. Implementing the Watt review findings by developing new arrangements for the Research Block Grants provides an opportunity to enhance the way funding support is delivered for both research and research training.

Medical research institutes (MRIs) receive around a third of NHMRC funding, employ more than 8,500 staff, and provide training to more than 1,500 Higher Degree Research (HDR) students. As such, any potential changes to the research block grant arrangements will impact MRIs as well as universities.

AAMRI welcomes many of the proposals put forward in the consultation paper to provide universities with greater flexibility to determine how best to support research, along with the proposals to enhance research training support.

AAMRI’s submission can be downloaded below.